PROFILE
Name:
Jodi Lyn O'Keefe
Birth Date:
October 10, 1978
Birth Place:
Cliffwood Beach, New Jersey, USA
Nationality:
American
BIOGRAPHY
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Prison Break

Background:

Breaking into the small screen with a regular role on the daytime soap “Another World” while she was still a teenager, model turned actress Jodi Lyn O'Keefe is maybe better recognized for her roles as Don Johnson's precious daughter on the CBS crime/drama series “Nash Bridges” (1996-2001) and as Gretchen Morgan (aka. Susan B. Anthony) during the third to fourth and final season of Fox's “Prison Break” (2007-2009). The striking dark haired thespian, who was featured on the front page of Maxim Magazine in April 2000, also has guest starred in many television shows, including “George Lopez,” “Charmed,” “Boston Legal,” “Criminal Minds,” “CSI: NY,” “Lost, Law & Order: LA” and “Two and a Half Men.” On the silver screen, O'Keefe picked up a Young Hollywood Award for her performance on the hit teen film “She's All That” (1999) and a Teen Choice nomination in a high school set update of “Cyrano de Bergerac,” “Whatever It Takes” (2000). Other films she has appeared in include “Halloween H20: 20 Years Later” (1998), “Teacher's Pet” (2000), “Mummy an' the Armadillo” (2004) and “Venice Underground” (2005). Her fans should look forward for her performance in the forthcoming film “The Frozen Ground” (2012).  

O'Keefe was romantically involved with Don Johnson, who played her father on the television series “Nash Bridges,” but they no longer together. She also dated “Nash Bridges” co-star Jaime Gomez and actor/screenwriter John Cusack (together in 2003). To keep in shape, O'Keefe practices kickboxing. She mentions horse riding as one of her favorite activities and as a method of de-stressing. She enjoys music from Antonio Vivaldi and Nirvana.


Child Model

Childhood and Family:

In Cliffwood Beach, New Jersey, Jodi Lyn O'Keefe was born on October 10, 1978. She is the youngest of three girls in her family. Her father Jack O'Keefe is a Director of Labor Relations for a Pharmaceutical Company, while her mother Noreen is a homemaker. She is of Irish, Czech, Austrian, Polish and Swedish descent. Jodi saw her older sister modeling and, at age 8, she decided to follow in the footsteps of her sister to become a model. She admits that modeling has given her more confidence and more friends. Jodi attended Saint John Vianney High School in Holmdel, New Jersey. However,  she left school midway through her junior year to pursue acting. Jodi also studied ballet and tap dance.
    

She's All That   

Career:

Jodi Lyn O'Keefe began her career as a child model when she was 8 years old. She worked for various companies like Gitano Jeans and DreamPhone. In 1995, she got her first acting job in the long running NBC daytime soap “Another World,” where she was cast as the romantically bewildered Maggie Cory. A then 17 year old O'Keefe decided to leave school to play the role. In the following year, the New Jersey native made the move into primetime with a regular role on the police drama series “Nash Bridges,” which ran for six seasons on CBS. Competently playing Cassidy Bridges, Nash's intelligent twenty something daughter, she was on the show throughout its entire run from March 29, 1996 to May 4, 2001.

While working on “Nash Bridges,” O'Keefe managed to take other acting gigs. In 1998, she made her big screen debut as Adam Hann-Byrd's girlfriend, Sarah Wainthrope, in “Halloween H20: 20 Years Later,” the seventh installment in the Halloween film series. She recalled, “I was on “Halloween: H20” and I was doing that scene where I get killed. Remember when I'm crawling across the floor, and (Michael Meyers) puts his foot on my neck, and stabs me in the back? Well, that's my friend Chris Durant who played Mike Meyers. One of the times he stepped on my neck, and my hands were so clammy because it was so hot. It was like the tenth time we did that scene and my hand slipped and I fell flat on my face. I wound up with two big black eyes the next day.”

Additionally, O'Keefe delivered an amusing turn as Taylor Vaughan, an ill-natured affluent girl who drops her popular boyfriend for a reality TV star, in the popular Freddie Prinze, Jr./Rachael Leigh Cook vehicle “She s All That” (1999), for which she won the Young Hollywood Award for Best Bad Girl, co-starred with Eric Mabius, Kirsten Dunst and Fred Ward in “The Crow: Salvation” (2000) and replaced Rose McGowen's role as Debbie Strand in the sequel “Teacher's Pet” (aka. “Devil in the Flesh 2.” 2000). In a teen comedy film adapted from the play “Cyrano de Bergerac,” “Whatever It Takes” (2000), she co-starred as Ashley Grant and was nominated for a Teen Choice Award in the category of Film - Choice Hissy Fit for her performance.

After the show came to its demise, O'Keefe appeared as Simone in two episodes of “Dharma & Greg” and as Campbell in two episodes of “George Lopez” (both 2002). She made her television debut in “The Pool at Maddy Breaker's” (2003), opposite Eric Nenninger and Jill Ritchie, and returned to the big screen in that same year with a big role as William Baldwin's sister in the horror/thriller “Red Rover,” directed by Marc S. Grenier. She went on to appear in the films “Mummy an' the Armadillo” (2004), “Out for Blood” (2004, played a vampire) and “Venice Underground” (2005). O'Keefe also guest starred in various television shows during this period, such as “Tru Calling” (as Candace Aimes), “The Help” (as Becky Wiggins), “Charmed” (as Spider Demon), “Boston Legal” (3 episodes, as Nora Jacobs), “Two and a Half Men” (as Isabella), “Eve” (as Lucy - Rita's stepmother) as well as acted in three TV films: “Adopted” (with Bernadette Peters, Christine Baranski and Kevin Wheatley), “Three Wise Guys” (as Mary Ann Davidson) and “The 12th Man” (with Natalie Garza, Bo Brown and Barry Bostwick).

In 2006, O'Keefe joined Orlando Jones, Rob Estes and Martin Landau to star in the police procedural series “The Evidence,” which premiered on March 22, 2006 on ABC. The show, however, was soon canceled due to low ratings. After guest spots in “Criminal Minds” (2006), “CSI: NY” (2007) and “Raines” (2007) as well as a performance in a failed pilot, “The Call” (2007), alongside Danny Comden and Kal Penn, the actress began her regular role as Gretchen Morgan (aka. Susan B. Anthony) in the third season of Fox's serial drama, “Prison Break.” She remained with the show until it ended in May 2009 after its fourth season. In 2009, O'Keefe appeared as Mikayla in an episode of the CBS sitcom “The Big Bang Theory.”

2010 saw O'Keefe play Ava in an episode of “Lost” called “Recon” and star as Kyle Burch in the made for television film “Class.” In the next year, she was cast as a teacher in the Canadian television film “Exposed,” opposite Peter Stebbings and David Orth, and guest starred in “Law & Order: LA” (as Jenn Mackie).

Recently playing Lisa in the January 26, 2012 episode “A Cinderella Story” of Fox's “The Finder,” O'Keefe will co-star with Nicolas Cage, John Cusack, Vanessa Hudgensa and Radha Mitchell in the upcoming film “The Frozen Ground,” from director/writer Scott Walker. The thriller movie is set to be released in the US on December 1, 2012.


Awards:

Young Hollywood: Best Bad Girl, “She's All That,” 2000 Show Less
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